Mum took the lead on speeders
WHEN Sarah Evans decided to take action against speeding cars in Moredon she did not realise just how much local support it would get.
Now the community have shown their support for her hard work and nominated her for this week’s Pride of the Community Award.
The mum-of-four started a petition earlier this year after becoming concerned with the speed of traffic along Moredon Road, in particular outside Moredon Primary School where three of her children are pupils.
The petition gained more than 400 signatures and within six weeks she formed a Community Speedwatch group and they have been monitoring traffic outside the school at varying times throughout the day and evening.
The Speedwatch group has grown in popularity and it now has enough volunteers to be able to monitor Akers Way as well.
Despite the group seeing a marked improvement in the speed of traffic along Moredon Road, speeding is still a problem in Akers Way.
Sarah was shocked to find out that she had won the community award and hoped that more communities would do something similar to help improve their area.
She said: “I am shocked and surprised and quite overwhelmed by the award. I started the scheme because I was concerned for the safety of the children and the parents.
“Traffic and speed levels seemed to be increasing along Moredon Road and something needed to be done before someone was hurt.
“We have tried to bring back the community spirit by doing this and rather than people saying why aren’t the police doing something about this, we are doing something about it ourselves.
“I think communities should be doing more to make their community safer and come together like people used to.”
If you would like to know more about the scheme, including getting involved as a volunteer, contact Michelle Matthews of the council localities team on 01793 466571.
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